Union seeks major changes to pay and hours in collective agreement

Sweden

The Kommunal trade union with 350,000 members covered by the largest collective agreement in Sweden (1.2 million workers in local government) is seeking major improvements in the current negotiations. It wants to address the problem that many workers don’t understand the pay system and the criteria used to establish their salary. There are concerns that the system is arbitrary. The union also wants to see changes to working time with more worker control over their working time arrangements rather than leaving it to the discretion of management or algorithmic systems. Kommunal stresses that employers have to address staffing levels if they are really to tackle concerns about working time. If not, workers will continue to be under pressure, work additional hours to cover for staff shortages and then take sickness absence because of stress and overwork, thereby exacerbating the staffing problem.

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